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The medical manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving as manufacturers continue to leverage new technologies and processes in order to shorten lead times, improve quality control and produce more effective components for use in medical devices. In...
It’s hardly news that product launch cadence has increased dramatically in recent years. What’s less well known is how suppliers can help reduce time-to-market for manufacturers. Here’s a look at how rapid prototyping with the design and testing of...
If you are manufacturing machinery for the agricultural industry, then you know that finding the right precision parts is more important than ever. Make running your operation easier by using the right stainless steel balls in agriculture and...
Hartford Technologies is pleased to welcome Doug Narins as Director of Business Development. Mr. Narins primary focus will be in the automotive sector, cultivating new opportunities and servicing existing accounts.
Hartford Technologies, a leading US & China precision ball and custom bearing assembly manufacturer, announced that Jordan Greenlee has joined their company as its Manager of Sales and Marketing Administration.
Car buyers often gauge vehicle quality by how a movement feels. Smooth motion with just the right degree of resistance signifies high quality while a mechanism with excess play feels loose and poor quality. Automotive manufacturers wanting to build...
In today's business world lack of agility is a problem. Bad weather, earthquakes and geopolitical events can disrupt supply chains with little or no warning. A procurement function that fails to respond risks shutting down manufacturing. And...
Building an entirely new product unlike anything on the market often times requires engineers to use components unlike anything being used. In these situations, custom manufacturing is invaluable, enabling engineers to procure prototypes of the...
In recent years the auto industry has moved from building cars to building platforms. Lowering costs while increasing flexibility, platform engineering means seemingly different cars share common underpinnings. By reducing complexity through...
Few things in manufacturing are more important than effective quality control. While it's well-known that quality control is essential for keeping your customers happy and preserving the reputation of your brand, quality control is also able to help...
A manufacturer’s products are only as good as the parts they use. If the parts vary, performance for the whole product will be unpredictable, which can quickly have customers looking for other manufacturers. This is especially true when working with...
In order to be successful, procurement specialists must navigate the ever-changing landscape of the market, staying on top of the latest trends in procurement and manufacturing. With 2019 still young, there are plenty of important procurement trends...
Reliability, economy, performance, comfort and lots of equipment: that's all we expect from our cars. No wonder the automotive industry asks a lot from the bearings they use!
Like most every industry, the medical manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving, and 2019 is set to bring a number of interesting new trends and developments. Below, we'll take a look at the top three medical manufacturing trends that you will want...
The automotive industry is in flux. Demand is falling, or maybe not. Autonomy is on the way, but perhaps not yet. Consumers want greener, safer cars, but they want performance too. And then there's connectivity: are cars really becoming cellphones...
How to Achieve Profitability with Custom Bearings The choice of bearings can determine how well a product meets customer needs. By extension then, company reputation rests on how well those rotating elements do their job.
When automotive manufacturers source components for use in the production of their vehicles, quality and consistency in the manufacturing process is key.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses. The organization not only certifies businesses owned by females, but it also advocates on behalf of female entrepreneurs. The WBENC helps...
Off-road vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles often must take a lot of abuse. Therefore, manufacturers of these vehicles must build their vehicles using components that are designed to take abuse as well. Bearings play a critical role in the...
Effective procurement strategies are essential for success in the automotive industry, as automotive manufacturers must be able to ensure they procure components that are both affordable and high-quality. To improve the results of the procurement...
Automotive manufacturers have a number of key factors to take into consideration when sourcing components for their automobiles. One of the most important is keeping the cost of those components as low as possible, while still ensuring quality.
Automotive manufacturers have a number of key factors to take into consideration when sourcing components for their automobiles. One of the most important is keeping the cost of those components as low as possible, while still ensuring quality.
As robotic technology advances, the role that robots play in a wide range of industries has grown increasingly significant. The medical field is no exception, as more and more doctors, surgeons, and lab technicians begin to rely more heavily on...
The world of medical device manufacturing is rapidly evolving as technological advances continue to drastically shape the way medical devices are designed, manufactured, and brought to market. In this article, we'll take a look at the top five...
When building any medical device such as an IV bag or a spirometer, choosing the right components is of the utmost importance. A big part of finding the right components, though, comes down to choosing the right manufacturer. In this article, we...
Many times, medical devices are built to last for a long life-cycle. However, for plenty of other medical devices, a long life-cycle is not at all a concern. Disposable medical products play a crucial role in the medical industry, offering a number...
Hartford Technologies, a leading US & China precision ball and custom bearing assembly manufacturer, announced that M. Christopher "Chris" Cowles has joined their company as Chief Financial Officer of Virginia Industries, Hartford’s parent company. 
Devices designed for use in the medical industry must meet rigorous standards of quality and performance, requiring them to be outfitted with high-quality custom bearings that are specifically designed for use within medical devices. In this...
Stainless steel mixing balls likely aren't the first thing you associate with nail services such as manicures and pedicures. The reality is, though, that many of the nail treatment products produced by companies in the health and beauty industry...
Within the health and beauty industry, miniature precision balls are used in a range of products. Miniature precision balls are defined as balls under 1/8th of an inch (3mm) in diameter, and they come available in a number of different materials.
When it comes to the components necessary to create a great product in the health and beauty industry, there's often more than meets the eye. From roll-on applicators to spray bottles, health and beauty products make use of a variety of devices to...
It's well known that precision balls are essential for applications within many different types of machinery. However, precision balls play a vital role in many non-machinery products, as well. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cosmetics...
For applications where the utmost precision is required, it's essential for components to be manufactured using precision balls. In high precision applications such as electrical contact, guidance systems, automotive bearings, and more, tolerances...
Manufacturing products in the electronics industry is often a complex task. With this being the case, the more efficient and effective you can be in your operation the better. Outlined below is the complete list of lean manufacturing tools used in...
For businesses in the consumer goods industry, the principles of lean manufacturing offer a number of incredible advantages. To see which tools and practices your business might be able to make use of, check out this list of lean manufacturing tools...
The principles of lean manufacturing have revolutionized the automotive industry, allowing them to cut costs and improve their efficiency. At Hartford Technologies, all of the automotive components that we manufacture are perfect for being...
Medical manufacturing is somewhat unique in the number of requirements and regulations that must be followed. While absolutely necessary, these requirements can sometimes present challenges when it comes to maintaining an effective, efficient...
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For many applications, mass market motors are not specific enough to get the job done. In these instances, many companies are left to design their own custom electric motor in order to complete the specific tasks that they need it to. While a lot...
AC/DC small motors are used across a wide variety of industries for an even wider variety of purposes. While many elements go into manufacturing an AC or DC small motor that will function as intended, one of the most important of these elements is...
Precision balls are used for a wide range of applications in the automotive industry, particularly braking applications in which precision fluid control is required. In fact, precision balls allow for much of the technology that makes modern...
Few components of modern machinery are as essential as bearings. Found in almost every machine or device that is designed to move, bearings and bearing parts enable rotation while reducing stress caused by friction. In this guide, we'll look at the...
In high-pressure applications, valves must be equipped with perfectly constructed balls in order to function properly. Even the slightest cracks, burs, or other imperfections on the surface of the ball can lead to leaking, and, in some cases, the...
When large pieces of machinery suddenly stop functioning, the results can sometimes be dramatic. This is especially true in the case of fluid power failures, where hydraulic and pneumatic systems that are being counted on to lift enormous amounts of...
Though it may be the oldest industry in the world, modern technology has certainly helped out the agriculture industry immensely. Now, all manner of technological devices are used to make farming both less time-consuming and more productive. One...
Flow control valves are used in an increasingly wide range of applications across most every industry. However, for them to function properly, they must be fitted with a ball that is made within extremely tight tolerances. Ball precision is a...
When most people think of valves, they likely picture a device that either allows flow or blocks it. However, there are a large number of applications where flow must be more controlled and metered than simply turning it on and off. For these...
Big changes are rolling in to the Hartford Technologies headquarters! Recently, we acquired a state of the art precision ball inspection machine, the Aviko G2. Unlike other machines, the quality control provided by the Aviko G2 is carried out...
If you plan on deploying a piece of equipment up into the atmosphere, or even into outer space itself, you must make sure it is built with quality components. What we do is provide you with the appropriate balls for your next valves project. In this...
Corrosion is the bane of industrial machinery and can be caused by a number of factors. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to prevent corrosion, and many modern ball bearings are incredibly corrosion resistant. Outlined below are some of...
For most applications and industries, stainless steel ball bearings are the standard. There are, however, plenty of applications that call for ball bearings that are a little more specialized. One common non-metal ball bearing is the nylon ball, and...
At Hartford Technologies, we are committed to creating custom bearing assemblies that are built to last. Making use of the right grease, though, is a vital part of maintaining your custom bearing assemblies and without it, the wear and tear on a...
Choosing a ball valve supplier is a decision that needs careful consideration. Before you choose a ball valve supplier, be sure that they meet these four crucial precision ball valve quality benchmarks:
Hartford Technologies, a leading US & China precision ball and custom bearing assembly manufacturer, announced that Mark Larosa has joined their company as its ERP System Analyst, a role previously held by the now retired, Peter Hawley.
Medical device component manufacturers are held to high standards, most notably the guidelines set forth by the Good Manufacturing Practices for finished pharmaceuticals and medical devices. These guidelines require four separate process validations...
In designing a new product, few things are as important as the materials you decide to use. This is especially true in the case of medical devices, which must perform at an even higher standard and meet even more rigorous qualifications than most...
Watch the step-by-step manufacturing process of how Hartford Technologies produces high quality precision steel balls at one of our manufacturing facilities in China. The transcript to follow:
It's important to monitor the performance of the bearings in your machine designs to keep them running at 100% efficiency and increase the length of their life-cycle. What, though, are the best metrics and methods for determining if the ball...
The manufacture and design of auto parts relies heavily on the use of technology. Innovations and trends within the industry continue to push the envelope for change as key elements are delivered to the market. Pivotal trends -- including the ones...
The highest of manufacturing standards are required of companies who manufacture medical devices. A patient’s health and wellbeing is the prime reason for this. That’s why the specialty ball bearings, pins, and customized bearing assemblies used...
Ball bearings may be a relatively simple component, but a lot of innovation and engineering goes into producing ball bearings that are more effective, longer lasting, and more cost efficient. By far, the most important aspect of manufacturing...
It would be difficult to imagine the modern industrial age without bearings. Every kind of machine that deals will motion makes use of bearings to smoothen its path and reduce friction. Such an important piece of technology did not fall into the...
Needle bearings make use of small cylindrical rollers to carry out their function. The term “needle” implies that the length is much greater than the diameter; typically the L/D ratio is between 3 and 10. The main purpose of needle bearings is to...
Food and Beverage industry regulations are increasingly placing greater demands for production of safe drinks. To meet these demands, plus the requirements of safety management systems such as Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), the...
Spray cans have become such an integral part of our lives that we tend to take them for granted. But in doing so we forget that these products are a result of sophisticated engineering practices that have been studied and refined over several...
At Hartford Technologies, we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our new site includes a number of exciting features and educational resources including this blog, which will be consistently updated with content about our...
We tend to view roller bearings as the sole domain of the world of heavy-duty manufacturing, but the truth is, they service many of our everyday needs as well. Here are 4 sports that millions enjoy which owe their existence to roller bearings: 
A thrust bearing is a type of bearing which belongs to the rolling element class of bearings. They allow rotation between machine parts while supporting an axial load. These bearings bearings are used in machines, including thrust ball bearing,...
Precision ball bearings have become an unseen but crucial part of the modern industrial age. Nearly every type of machine that is responsible for some kind of motion makes use of bearings to make their movement smoother by reducing friction. Such a...
As is common in North America, many families will sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with a gathering of extended family and friends. True to form, there’s always that one family member who will inevitably start the “what are you thankful...
Ball bearings play an important role in many scientific fields, and one of these fields include the medical industry. Let's take a look at some of the uses of ball bearings for medical applications in hospitals: